Become a Friend

Attend interesting talks on a variety of subjects, be invited to special events, and meet others interested in supporting this very special place by becoming a Friend of the Andersen Horticultural Library!  All interested members of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum are eligible to join.

Join the Friends of AHL online today! Annual dues for the Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library (FAHL) are $15 for a household. 

In addition to the link above, you may also join by printing out, completing, and mailing the registration form below:


Benefits include:

  • Twice a year newsletter (Spring and Fall) with articles of interest, communications for the Friends, and a calendar of events.
  • Early access to the annual Friends book sale on Thursday before the event.  The book sale raises important funds for acquisition of rare books, antique catalogs, and other items for the Library.
  • Opportunity to attend five programs with speakers on a variety of subjects related to natural history, horticulture, or libraries.​


Future FAHL events:

Friends events are open to members and their guests only unless otherwise specified.
FAHL quarterly meetings are held the fourth Monday of January, April, July, and October.

January 27, 2020, 1:00pm
Quarterly meeting, Snyder Auditorium
Speaker: Kathy Allen, Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library
"Imag(in)ing Andersen Horticultural Library’s Special Collections"-  Andersen Horticultural Library has been able to cherry pick discrete collections and bits of collections to digitize over the last few years. Learn a bit about the digitization process and get a glimpse of some of these colorful and unusual items, including botanical wallcharts, nurserymen’s plate-books, thirty years of Arboretum annual garden designs and photographs, botanical artworks, and more.  Discover where to find these treasures so you can peruse them on your own or share with others.

April 27, 2020, 1:00pm
Quarterly meeting and Exhibition Reception, Snyder Auditorium
Speaker: Susan Feigenbaum, Artist
“Flights of Fantasy: Behind the Scenes"-  Artist Susan Feigenbaum will share the experiences that contributed to the creation of the works in the exhibition, including field trips, research, and ceramic processes. Please join us!  Susan Feigenbaum is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

July 27, 2020, 1:00pm
Annual Quarterly meeting, Snyder Auditorium
Speaker: TBA

September 24, 2020, 3:30-6:00pm
Members early access to Friends of the AHL Annual Book Sale, MacMillan Auditorium
For Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library members and Arboretum staff only
*Preview Book Sale is not open to the public or book re-sellers

September 25-27, 2020, 10am-4pm each day
Friends of the AHL Annual Book Sale, MacMillan Auditorium
Open to the public

Book Sale

Next Sale: Sept. 25-27, 2020  10am-4pm

The Friends of AHL annual Fall book sale are accepting donations of gently-used books, DVDs and CDs beginning January 2, 2020.

Donations are accepted at the Andersen Horticultural Library during library hours. If you can carry in the books without help, pull up in front of the Snyder Building and bring them to the library.  If you need help, tell the attendant at the Gatehouse that you have book donations to deliver. They will call us and direct you to the Snyder Building Loading Dock where we will meet you. (If no one arrives, call us at 612-301-1239 in case we missed the gatehouse call.)  Once we have received your donations and contact information, we will then send an acknowledgment receipt in the mail.

Thank you for your support.



Click here for past newsletters and quarterly meeting minutes.